In-House Lawyer Profiles
Lawyer's Details
Catherine Wang




April, 2012



Catherine Wang is the General Counsel of DSM (China) Limited since 2007. DSM is the world leading live science and material science company, with the headquarter in Netherlands. Before joining DSM, Catherine has worked for Microsoft (China) Ltd. in Shanghai as the Senior Legal Manager for 3 years, and was the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Alcatel Cable/Nexans China, Great China and Japan Regions for 6.5 years. 
Catherine has more than 24 years legal related experience in both China and overseas´╝îincluding more than 13 years legal inhouse working experience in multinational companies; more than 8 years teaching in the law school of Soochow University; many years in the law firms including Jun He Law Offices and legal working experiences in Australia and France. 
Catherine graduated from East China University of Politics and Laws in 1984 and late obtained a master degree of internal commerce law from Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. She was admitted to practice in China since 1986.
What is your sector?
Life science and materials science company
How many employees are in your company?
Worldwide more than 21,000, more than 4,000 in China.
What are your company’s main location(s) of lawyers?
Europe, China, U.S.A, Asian Pacific and South America.
What main area(s) of law do you practice?
Corporate law, foreign investment, labor law and contract law.
What was your biggest challenge so far as an in house legal counsel?
Lacking of close connection with various resource and continuous legal education.
What are the biggest regulatory issues you are facing at the moment?
Changes of legislation.
What main law firms does your company use?
Both international law firm and local law firms, including Clifford Chance, Llinks, Han Kun Law Offices, Jun He Law Offices.
How often do you outsource legal work?
Hard to say, depends on the needs. Mainly use outside counsel for litigation/arbitration cases.
How often do you revise your external panel?
We very rarely revise our external panel. We appoint the firms for specific projects and tend to stick with the firm until the project is finalised. 
Do you feel that there is or will continue to be pressure to put together panels/preferred supplier lists (PSLs) for vendors (including external law firms) with a view of reducing costs? 
Yes, it is something our company constantly looks at.
What are your views on such panels/PSLs?
We review the PSLs on an annual basis. 
What do you feel will be the major trends in the legal sector both in the Asia Pacific over the course of 2012?
One of the major challenges for foreign investment via M&A is to ensure the legal compliance with the relevant China laws, especially China Anti-Monopoly Law.